Career Notes Entering 2015 Season:
• Tied for 11th in program history with a .477 career slugging percentage
• Tied for 11th in program history by being hit by a pitch 10 times in her career
• Ranks 14th in program history with a .385 career on base percentage
2014 (Jr.): Earned third letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to their fifth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 33-19 (12-4 MAC) record … played in 24 games, earning 18 starts at catcher … was limited to just four games after April 1 due to injury … finished the season with a .275 batting average … recorded 14 hits in 51 at bats, including three home runs and a double … also drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch three times … finished the year with four RBI and eight runs scored … recorded two hits in four games … strung together a four-game hitting streak beginning versus Morehead State (Feb. 22) and ending with a pivotal one-out, seventh-inning single in Ball State’s 3-0 win at No. 3 Arizona State (March 2) in which she crossed the plate as the game-winning run … recorded four pickoffs and threw out four runners trying to steal … posted a .976 fielding percentage, with 69 putouts and 12 assists compared to just two errors.
2013 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … played in 35 games, making seven starts at catcher … transitioned from infield to catcher in the fall of 2013 … hit .382 on the year with 13 hits in 34 at bats … of her 13 hits, five were doubles and three were home runs … made her first career start at catcher versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 23), going 1-for-1 at the plate with a pair of walks in the game … belted her first career home run, a two-run shot over the center field wall, in a 15-5 win over Marist (March 22) … also scored a career-best three runs in the game … turned in a clutch pinch hitting performance in the second game victory at Bowling Green (March 29), blasting a seventh inning, two-run home run over the left field fence to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run … also went deep in a 5-2 victory at Indiana (April 23), leading off the fourth inning with a shot to left field … went 2-for-2 versus the Hoosiers for her only multiple hit game of the season … recorded two RBI in six games … went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts … was hit by a pitch six times, including twice in a start versus Butler (April 9) … posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, with 25 putouts and four assists.
2012 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to just their third Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 40-15 (17-3 MAC) record ... played in 25 games ... started the first 19 games of the season at shortstop before suffering an injury in practice which kept her out of the lineup until the beginning of May ... hit .234 on the year with 11 hits in 47 at bats ... drew a walk and scored a run in her collegiate debut versus East Tennessee State (Feb. 17) ... recorded her first career hit versus Cleveland State (Feb. 25), which also drove in her first collegiate RBI ... recorded two hits and two RBI in games versus LIU Brooklyn (March 4) and Northern Colorado (March 9) ... also scored a pair of runs in the Northern Colorado game ... recorded her first collegiate multi-base hit with a double in the second meeting versus Northern Colorado (March 11) ... stole a pair of bases on the year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters in softball at LaPorte High School for coach Bob Severs ... helped guide the Slicers to a 21-9 record her senior season and a 81-39 record over her career ... helped lead LaPorte to a pair of sectional championships (2008 and 2010), as well as a regional title in 2010 ... named Co-Most Valuable Player of the Duneland Athletic Conference and to the Post Tribune All-Area team as a senior after collecting a .424 batting average with 29 runs scored, 14 RBI and nine stolen bases ... belted a pair of home runs, to go along with five doubles and a pair of triples her senior year ... named all-area and all-conference as a junior after posting a .461 batting average with 16 RBI, 10 doubles, six home runs and a pair of triples ... named to the all-state and all-conference teams as a sophomore after posting a .474 batting average with 17 RBI, nine doubles, a triple and a home run ... hit .343 as a freshman with eight RBI, six doubles, two triples and a home run ... also earned four letters in basketball at LaPorte ... played club softball for the Midland Magic '94.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Robert and Diana Craft ... has two brothers, Jacob and Alexander … her twin brother Jacob is a senior on the Anderson University baseball team ... born May 28, 1993 in LaPorte, Ind. … full name is Jessica Ann Craft … majoring in accounting ... maintains a 3.298 grade-point average.